As we seek ways to distinguish ourselves in the age of discrete, pre-defined data elements, we rely on labels. “Creative,” “analytical,” “organized,” “spontaneous.” Right brain vs left brain thinkers. Although artists are usually classified as the former, I’ve never felt like I fit that description. In fact, I’ve never felt like I fit any description or label.
To me, painting is simply my medicine for modern life. I’ve worked in information technology for decades as a writer, and my artistic practice allows me to exercise right brain muscles after relying on my left brain all day long. After job responsibilities, home and family duties, and the growing stress of simply watching the news, there is nothing that provides more peace than painting. It’s my hope that my work communicates that same sense of peace back to the viewer.
I like to think of paintings as historical documents, and the more history I can add to the surface of a panel, the more interesting the work becomes. I begin with simple sketches, and then I revise, over and over, and follow where the materials lead me. While in the past I focused on the figure, I'm now looking to the skies more and more often for inspiration. During the pandemic my surroundings and lifestyle shifted, and along with it, my perspective. I morphed into someone who embraces quieter joys. Walks in the woods and along the shores of Lake Champlain reignited my forgotten love for and appreciation of the Vermont landscape. The beauty of the Green Mountains slowly pervaded my creative practice, and by year’s end I was almost exclusively exploring the subtle, fluid nature of the environment around me.
While I mainly work with oil paint on wood panels and canvas, I struggle with the potential impact of these materials on the environment. This concern has lead me to rethink the surfaces I paint on, and I find myself returning to paper and simple inks more often.
January 2023 - April 2023: Serenity, Jericho Town Hall, Jericho, VT.
February 2023 - May 2023: Technology Park, South Burlington, VT.
October - December 2022: The Liminal Season, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Montpelier, VT.
December 2022: Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier, VT.
November 2022 - January 2023: Winter Member Show, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT.
September 2022: SEABA Art Hop, Burlington, VT.
Winter 2022: Jury show, Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury, VT.
Winter 2022: Tracks Group Show, Jericho Town Hall, Jericho, VT.
November 2019: Bristol Cliffs Cafe, Bristol, VT.
Summer 2019: Member show, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT.
May 2018: Bristol Bakery, Bristol, VT.
Summer 2017: Member show, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT.
November, December 2016: Member show, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT.
April 2015: Bristol Bakery, Bristol, VT.
September 2013: SEABA Art Hop, jury selection.
Summer 2012: Auction for Hirsch Wellness Network, Pleasant Garden, NC.
2011: Represented Vermont in the Art in Hand: The United States Project.
July 2010: Skinny Pancake, Montpelier, VT.
April 2009: Red Cedar School Auction, Bristol, Vermont. Custom bookcase donation.
February 2009: “Chair-ity for Children” benefit auction for Addison County Parent/Child Center. Custom Adirondack chair donation.
September 2008: SEABA Art Hop.
April 2008: Red Cedar School Auction, Bristol, Vermont. Custom bookcase donation.
2007: Lazy Pear Art Gallery, 154 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont.
September 2006: SEABA Art Hop.
August - September 2006: The Wine Bar, Burlington, Vermont
April - May 2006: Smoke Jacks, Burlington, Vermont.